IBM Women's Lecture Series: "Can we save the world with nuclear energy?"


Location: Washington Hall

Speaker: Gwyneth Cravens

In the book, “Power to Save the World: The Truth about Nuclear Energy,” Cravens documents her eight-year journey through the nuclear world, her encounters with scientists from many different disciplines, and her shift from skeptic to supporter of nuclear power as the safest, greenest, and most efficient technology for large-scale mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

This talk will be followed by a panel discussion of Notre Dame faculty experts and questions from the audience. In addition, it is ND Energy’s intention to use this event as a springboard to future discussions throughout the year on energy policy issues and topics of major importance to our global communities.

Cravens is best known for her writings on nuclear power as a safe and reliable alternative energy source and one that is an essential preventive of global warming. She has contributed numerous articles and given countless talks on nuclear energy, emphasizing the need for environmental and technical communities to work together to reduce the anthropogenic causes of catastrophic climate change.  She has published five novels and contributed articles on science and other topics to The New Yorker, The New York Times, Harper’s, The Washington Post, Discover, Huffington Post, The Brookings Institution Review, and other publications. She worked as an editor at The New Yorker and as an associate editor at Harper’s, and for several years wrote a literary column for The Nation. She grew up in New Mexico and now lives on eastern Long Island.

This event is funded by the IBM Women’s Lecture Series and jointly sponsored by ND Energy; the John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; and the College of Engineering. The presentation is open to the public.